Wednesday, January 16, 2013
A focus on fitness is one way Sheriff Chris Nocco says he is 'building up' his agency.
Pasco deputies are throwing their weight around, making big gains—and losses—in the process. The sheriff's office recently launched a new health and fitness initiative for deputies and staff, which benefits both the participants and the public, Sheriff Chris Nocco said. "This is part of how we're building up our agency," Nocco said. "The healthier we are, the more productive we'll be." In May 2012, 500 employees participated in a health risk assessment, which identified four areas of high risk: nutrition, weight, diabetes and exercise. By committing to working out and making better food choices, our deputies and staff become healthier and lead better lives, Nocco said. More than 200 employees are participating in the health and fitness …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Chris Nocco was sworn in to his first full term as the county's sheriff Wednesday.
Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco wore a deputy’s uniform as he stood inside Redeemer Community Church in the New Port Richey area Wednesday, waiting to be sworn in to his first full term as top cop. More than a year and a half ago, Nocco stood inside the same church wearing a suit and tie as he was sworn in to serve out the rest of Bob White’s term. The first time around, Nocco was appointed to serve by Gov. Rick Scott. This time was even more special: Pasco County voters elected Nocco to serve a full four-year term. He beat Democratic candidate Kim Bogart in a landslide victory in November. Wednesday’s swearing in was attended by Nocco’s deputies, family members, state Rep. Mike Fasano and several other guests. “I know why God put you, …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
An in-depth interview reveals Chris Nocco's stance on some rarely discussed issues.
So who is Chris Nocco when he’s not running the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office? I pelted him with questions in a rapid-fire, minced-word interview to see where he stands on issues such as which is better, bacon or bacon? Here are his responses: Favorite childhood memory? Playing sports with my dad as a coach and going to the beach with the entire family, everyone just hanging out together. Favorite Book? “The Men, the Mission and Me” Favorite way to unwind after a long day? Other than spending time with the family, and playing in the backyard with the kids …”When it’s just Chris by himself, it’s working out.” Flintstones or Jetsons? Flintstones Halloween or Christmas? Christmas Favorite candy? Cashews Beach or bowling? Beach Football or …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
He was invited to speak by Congressman Gus Bilirakis.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco will testify before the U.S. Congress at 2 p.m. today on the importance of adequately supporting local emergency personnel who are the first to respond after a deadly terrorist attack. Nocco was invited to speak to the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications, a House Homeland Security Committee, by committee chairman Congressman Gus Bilirakis. The title of the hearing is Taking Measure of Countermeasures (Part 3): Protecting the Protectors. According to Bilirakis, the hearing will focus on the need for research, development, and acquisition of vital medical countermeasures and the preparation of plans to dispense and distribute those countermeasures in the event of a chemical, …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
The increase gives the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office more than $5 million a year to address abuse and neglect.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
A Pasco County Sheriff’s Office media release: Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco is pleased to announce that state legislators have increased the budget for the PSO Child Protective Investigations Unit by approximately $1 million for the next fiscal year. Child Protective Investigators are civilian employees of the Sheriff's Office who investigate allegations of child abuse and neglect in Pasco County. The PSO CPI budget is funded through a state grant, not county government, and has remained the same for the last three years, even as the unit's caseload has increased. This has resulted in not only a lower per capita investigative cost per case, but also in lower salaries for Pasco CPIs compared to their counterparts in Pinellas and Hillsborough …
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Though Sheriff Chris Nocco is pleased with the agency's numbers, he says the statistics are not the "final score."
Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco released the agency's 2011 Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) statistics on Tuesday, Feb. 21, which indicate that the index crime rate dipped 9.2 percent from 2010 to the lowest rate in 17 years. The number of overall index crime offenses decreased 3.5 percent in the agency's jurisdiction; the statistics do not include the jurisdictions covered by the four police departments in the county. The PSCO statistics show a 7.9 percent decrease in violent crime and a 3.1 percent decrease in nonviolent crime. Other key statistics include: Total arrests for the agency were up 2.8 percent for the types of crimes tracked in UCR. In 2011, the sheriff's office road patrol response times to citizen calls for service decreased …
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Chris Nocco will discuss the sheriff's office's work toward combating pill-related crime and efforts to get faith-based organizations involved in solving problems in the community.
Want to know what's going on at the Pasco County Sheriff's Office? You can hear it from the sheriff himself this week. Sheriff Chris Nocco is scheduled to speak at the Christian Business Connections meeting Thursday, Jan. 26. Nocco will discuss the steps his office has taken to improve its organization, such as shutting down pill mills and acquiring new technology to deter and fight crime, CBC ambassador Rene Van Hout said. The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office believes that between 70 and 80 percent of Pasco crime is irelated to prescription pills, according to the sheriff's website. The sheriff’s office has estimated that about 40 percent of people arrested in Pasco County need to be put on detox protocol or detox watch once they are booked…
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Commissioners decided to grant Sheriff Chris Nocco's budget request for 23 new workers but made no promise for next year.
Pasco County commissioners agreed to give the sheriff extra detectives, medical staff and analysts he says are needed to combat the crime wave from pill mills that give such easy access to prescription narcotics. But, commissioners said during a workshop session Tuesday, Sept. 13, there are no promises for next year. Though commissioners couldn’t take a formal vote, they agreed to grant Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco everything he asked for in his budget. Their decision wraps up most loose ends in the county’s $1.141 billion budget for the fiscal year of 2011-12 that starts Oct. 1. That amount includes special districts and constitutional officials such as sheriff and property appraiser. Commissioners set the millage at 7.68 mills and …